Safety Warnings Reiterated

Boater safety information from the New NY Bridge/Courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority

Boater safety information from the New NY Bridge/Courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority

An impromptu update about the bridge replacement project — it’s progressing, as residents can tell by the early morning and evening noise.

In addition to impact pile driving, part of the ongoing test pile program, “Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) will begin testing both static and lateral loads this week as part of its test pile program,” an August 16 press release said. This, to be sure the piles can sustain the design load of the new bridge; testing takes place during a 40-hour period.

Per the Final Environmental Impact Statement, the program is restricted to weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, from 12 noon to 7 p.m., and is not allowed at night or on Sundays; it continues through October at various locations for future pile foundations.

Residents can check the perimeter real-time noise, vibration and air quality monitors near Rockland and Westchester counties’ shorelines, installed as part of the project’s Environmental Performance Commitments (EPC).

Activity in the river means BE EXTRA CAREFUL.  Per the U.S. Coast Guard’s Local Notice to Mariners, dated August 14:

“Numerous units of floating construction equipment will be operating in waterway north of the existing Tappan Zee Bridge,” the report — posted under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website  — said.

“Equipment will include crew boats, tugboats, barge mounted cranes and barges. Work to construct an access trestle and cofferdams north of the Tappan Zee Bridge extending 1,040 feet west from the Westchester shoreline will continue through November 2013.”

Dredging of access channels east and west of the main channel will begin on August 1 and continue through October 2013. Floating equipment will be located east and west of the Main Navigation channel. Other ongoing work includes a pile load test program scheduled to continue through November 2013.

Citing the temporary fixed platforms, it warned, “Floating equipment necessary for portions of this phase (dredging and pile load test program) include barge mounted cranes, material barges, work boats, and tugboats that will occupy the channels, east and west and adjacent to the main navigation channel,” and noted the four equipment moorings near the Rockland shoreline.

The following was highlighted:

“When transiting the area mariners should stay clear of these locations by a minimum of 1000 feet. Mariners are advised to transit the main channel, reduce wake and use extreme caution while transiting the area in the vicinity of the Tappan Zee Bridge, paying particular attention to vessel movement and future notices.”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

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